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Medication Safety Officer

Band 8b

Main area
Band 8b
37.5 Hours
Job ref
MED Medical Division
£55,875 to £66,597 PA Inc HCA
23/01/2019 23:59
Interview date

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK with over 5,000 staff who works across a wide range of roles. Our service operates over an area of approximately 620 square miles across London based in 70 ambulance stations. 


We serve more than eight million people who live and work in the London area. Our main role is to respond to emergency 999 calls, getting medical help to patients who have serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses as quickly as possible.


However, many of our patients have less serious illnesses or injuries, and do not need to be sent an ambulance on blue lights and sirens. Often these patients will receive more appropriate care somewhere other than at hospital and so we provide a range of care to them, recognising that many have complex problems or long-term medical conditions. We also provide clinical assessments over the phone to more callers with less serious illnesses and injuries. 


As an integral part of the NHS in London, we work closely with hospitals and other healthcare professionals, as well as with other emergency services. We are also central to planning for, and responding to, large-scale events or major incidents in the capital. 


In everything we do, we are Respectful, Professional, Innovative and Collaborative. 


Respectful - Caring for our Patients and each other with compassion and empathy. Championing quality and diversity. Acting fairly.


Professional - Acting with honesty and integrity. Aspiring to clinical, technical and managerial excellence. Leading by example. Being accountable and outcomes orientated.


Innovative - Thinking creatively. Driving value and sustainable change. Harnessing technology and new ways of working. Taking courageous decisions.


Collaborative: Listening and learning from each other. Working with partners. Being open and transparent. Building trust.



The Role


The London Ambulance Service (LAS) are looking for a Medication Safety Officer. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and adaptable Medication Safety Officer with good communication and interpersonal skills to take on this highly challenging post.



The role will involve working closely with the Trust Pharmacist, Medicines Management Group, Integrated Urgent Care, Logistics Support Unit, cross-directorate managers and front-line staff to ensure the Trust-wide delivery of medication safety.



They will provide managerial support to the Pharmacy Technician Specialist working at the Logistics Support Unit. The post-holder will be involved with work streams of project management, stakeholder engagement, creation and critical review of novel and innovative developments to enable seamless medicines governance across the LAS.



The Medication Safety Officer will require a detailed understanding of medicines use, patient safety, a record of experience in pre-hospital medicine, non-medical prescribing and urgent care pathways.



The post-holder will act as a role model to the LAS, promoting the training and development of Trust staff in the field of medicines management and governance, embracing
innovative ways of working and provide a consistently high quality service on behalf of the LAS in line with corporate objectives and national policy.



Due to the nature of the role it will be expected that the post-holder will frequently travel between sites across London. You must have evidence of registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and have extensive post qualification experience working in a pre-hospital and urgent care setting within the NHS.




Anticipated Interview date: 5th February 2019




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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact


Sumithra Maheswaran
Trust Pharmacist 
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, 220 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8SD

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